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pamd May 15, 2007 05:43 AM

Family will be staying in San Bernardino & looking for a place worthy of a birthday dinner. Any recs?

  1. septocaine_queen May 15, 2007 09:15 PM

    casual but really good american italian. The neighborhood is kinda shady but Alfredo's is where all the local law enforcement meet for food. We used to go there all the time when I was at school at Loma Linda. One time we went there and I think we were one of the only ones that wasn't law enforcement packing heat.

    Hospitality Lane has a gaggle of chains and they are not great. Redlands has cute restaurants and if want really special "expensive" birthday dinner then mission inn or mario's will be perfect

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      CraigH May 15, 2007 07:01 PM

      A little off the subject, but if they feel like wandering around I would let them know to stay in the Hospitality Lane area or head to Riverside or Redlands rather than heading north into San Bernardino after dark. Hospitality Lane is OK but areas North of there have very high crime rates.

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        Ela0427 May 15, 2007 08:55 AM

        where in SB...are you too far from downtown Riverside??? I would suggest Mission Inn or Mario's.

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        1. re: Ela0427
          pamd May 15, 2007 09:07 AM

          All I know is that they are staying at La Quinta Inn (Hospitality Ln)- does that help at all for area? Is that close? (I'm trying to arrange the dinner for them, I'm not traveling)

          1. re: pamd
            Ela0427 May 15, 2007 09:18 AM

            Hospitality is lined with chain restaurants..well last time I was there. If they want something nicer than a 15 min drive to Riverside would be worth it. The Mission inn is quite a cool hotel to walk around in and the area around it is pedestrian friendly. There is a steakhouse inside called Duane's and it is really good but $$. Mario's is within walking distance..across the street and it serves Northern Italian fare.

            1. re: Ela0427
              pamd May 15, 2007 10:42 AM

              thank you- I checked out the Mission Inn/Duanes website, sounds perfect for them.

              1. re: pamd
                Ela0427 May 15, 2007 04:49 PM

                Great...my other suggestion was to look in Redlands but I have only eaten at casual places there. I think they will love the Mission Inn... tell them to go early to walk around and have a cocktail or two in the bar. My husband and I had our first date there 12.5 years ago...ahhhh.

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